Selection of SGUS applicants for oversubscribed courses

Published Date: 03 November 2020 09:00 PM

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NAME AND CONSTITUENCY OF MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Mr Christopher de Souza, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education whether the Ministry has oversight over how training service providers select eligible Singaporeans and permanent residents for the SGUnited Skills Programme where there is an oversubscription for the programme with that provider.

RESPONSE

1. SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) provides broad guidance to SGUS training providers on their selection of applicants. Training providers should select applicants who have a potential fit with the jobs that the SGUS course is designed for, and who are able to cope with the course requirements. This includes accounting for applicants' prior learning and experience.

2. If the programme is oversubscribed, the training provider will direct the applicants to similar courses with available capacity. These can be from other SGUS training providers. To facilitate such cross-referrals, SSG regularly provides training providers with the range of courses offered by other SGUS training providers.

3. SSG actively monitors the enrolment profile across courses, looking at the profile across age groups, highest qualifications attained and industry of last employment. Taken together with feedback from training providers, SSG is constantly reviewing the list of available courses and training places under SGUS to ensure that this meets the needs and matches the profile of potential jobseekers.

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